Hyderabad, May 4 (NSS): Minister for Finance T Harish Rao has come down heavily on Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan for alleging that she was working against the interests of Telangana State.
In an informal chat with media persons here on Thursday, Minister Harish Rao said the Governor was not able to digest the growth of Telangana and was deliberately creating troubles to the State government.
The Minister pointed out that the Common Recruitment Board has been in force in Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa States for over the years where the States have rights to increase the age limit of professors up to 65 years. As the BRS government has launched 17 medical colleges across the State in two consecutive years, there is an acute shortage of experienced professors and doctors. Keeping this in mind, the State government has increased the age limit of 65 years and mentioned it in the bill. But, the Governor has rejected the proposal after holding the decision for over seven months, Harish Rao criticised.
He said the guidelines of the National Medical Council clearly stated that the State governments have rights to increase the age limit of professors upto 65 years and the Telangana government has followed the norms. Unfortunately, the Governor, being a doctor, has opposed the idea of increasing the age limit of professors.
“The Governor’s primary duty is to check the Bills sent by the State government whether these are under the purview of the constitution or not, but she has no right to hold the Bills for months together, ” the Minister said.
It is very unfortunate that the Governor is not responding to the bills until the State government knocks at the doors of the Supreme court, Harish Rao lamented.
Responding to a question why the Governor was not invited by the State government for the inaugural ceremony of the Secretariat, Harish Rao said there is no specific rule to invite the Governor for each and every programme and said that it will depend on the discretion of the State government whether it is invited or not.
” Prime Minister Narendra Modi is flagging off whenever the Vande Bharat trains are introduced but he has never invited the President of India for the inaugural ceremony. Similarly, it is a choice of the Chief Minister whether the Governor should be invited or not “, Harish Rao said.
The Minister found fault with the Governor for making political remarks against the State government at the C 20 Samajshala meeting which was held at Gachibowli on Wednesday in the city, and said that she was always trying to malign the image of the State government.
“Was it the occasion to level political remarks against the State government at a meeting, where the international delegates were present. The Governor, instead of highlighting the achievements of Telangana, is using every platform to malign the image of the State government and the Chief Minister,” he alleged.
The Minister alleged that the Governor had forgotten that she was in a constitutional post and said that she was behaving like a BJP leader.(NSS)